1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I very much enjoyed my time at Network Rail. Even as a student, I was entrusted with many responsibilities and I was able to take a lot of good experiences and learning from these responsibilities which is what every placement student hopes for.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The Western HSEA team were very lovely and helpful. Even outside my team, where I would spend time with other teams for experience, everyone is always willing to tell you about their role and the work they're involved in. Everyone is very eager is teach you anything you don't know. Very friendly environment!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was always happy for me to go to different functions of the business to understand more. He provided contacts if I wanted to learn more about a certain team. Very friendly! Catch up meetings to see how I am doing. A development plan was made initially to map out how I wanted to spend my time for maximum growth.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Only the occasional day where I wouldn't have work. But most of the time, quite busy!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
This was the best bit. I had many responsibilities. It grew my confidence as an employee that I can produce work which can help my team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My degree was completely irrelevant to my placement role, however I developed other skills. A lot of technical knowledge have helped me in my current graduate role. The experience of working in an office environment and working closely with customers have helped me very much in my current role!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very calm and relaxed atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was the first placement student, so there wasn't a set plan. But the placement students after me definitely had a better plan as they took up the work I was required to do.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
great, I am now a graduate here!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yep! We met up regularly and planned site visits together. We also met up outside of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in Swindon. With the pay I was receiving, it was very affordable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Im not much of a nightlife person but there are some nice restaurants
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
In Swindon, yes! Within the company, not many clubs.